Situated at the junction of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River is beautiful Kingston, Ontario, and the home of Macbarra Shetland Sheepdogs.  While we are a small kennel, raising mostly one, occasionally two litters a year, under foot, in the house and yard, we strive for healthy, happy, guaranteed puppies suitable for all endeavours, performance, companion or show.
Our breeding stock is DNA tested for vWD, hips, (OVC) eyes and thyroid.

My late husband Esse was born in Sweden, thus the strange spelling of 'Young'.   To give credit where it is due, he was head of CBC radio drama for years, achieved the Order of Canada, an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Victoria and many many awards for his contribution to the Arts.
For those old enough to remember, he was CBC radio drama producer Esse. W. Ljungh. If it were not for Esse's support, encouragement and patience, I would never have enjoyed this hobby, which I had always dreamed about.

He & I acquired our first two pet shelties in 1972 while living in Victoria, B.C. and, having fallen in love with the breed, continued to 'collect them' and train for obedience and just hugging.

Having moved back to Ottawa (my home town) and then moving to Kingston in 1984, & after extensive training and attendance at many seminars, among them several credits at University of Guelph in canine behaviour, I began to instruct in competitive obedience for a local all breed club in 1986 while competing myself.   In 1990 whilst my husband was very ill, & with the help of my best friend, long time breeder Patti Graham, & others, I took the plunge and soon Macbarra's very first litter was born, just in time to sneak 2 tiny puppies into the hospital room where the charge nurse eventually found the entire nursing staff behind the closed door!!  We were so happy that Esse got the chance to see the new babies before he went to the Rainbow Bridge to re-unite with the shelties he named, Gin and Tonic!

As well as obedience degrees, & conformation titles, some of  the furkids have achieved their flyball degrees with our Up and Running Flyball Team, and we remain active in just about all facets of dogdom!  We even had a string of 6 sledding Shelties at one time but the original gang and the owner are too creaky to do that anymore.  Some of our dogs loved by others are advancing rapidly in the Agility & Rally sports.

I  take great pleasure in Chairing the Obedience portion of our local club's 3 day Shows and Trials at
Rideau Acres Campground
Member of
Canadian Kennel Club,
  Kingston and District Kennel Club, Director & Obedience Chair
                                                Canadian Shetland Sheepdog Association,
         Canadian Association of Professional Pet Dog Trainers, (Past)
Limestone City Obedience and Kennel Club Instructor (Past)
LuvAK9 Training Center Instructor (Past)
Up and Running Flyball Team (Past)
Ready, Set, Go Flyball Club
Camp Dogwould Staff
Our Kennel Name:  Eons ago my ancestors originated on the Island of Barra off the West Coast of Scotland...and of course they were MacNeills.  Having fled Scotland at the time of Robert The Bruce, they changed the name to McNeely and settled in Ireland.  (and Carleton Place!) Not to copy the famous Canadian folk group 'MacNeills of Barra', and also because the CKC informed us that there already was a kennel named 'Barra'...we just put the two together, and presto...up came Macbarra!
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We have puppies occasionally & would be happy to hear from you.  We do prefer email (or snail mail) correspondance (rather than phone as I am deaf as a stone ;-)) and the email address is:
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